As we have talked about recently, 2018 is going to be a big year for StandWatch. Our mission is to support as many programs as possible that are either veteran-led, or beneficial to the communities in which veterans live. To that end, we’ve selected several initiatives that are going to have awesome impact throughout our home state of West Virginia. In no particular order, our 2018 projects are:
The Capitol Complex Gold Star Family Memorial
In 2018, StandWatch will be working with community leaders, the West Virginia Legislature, and the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to build a Gold Star Family Memorial on the West Virginia State Capitol grounds.
StandWatch Academy is an ongoing expedition where we team veterans, community leaders, and students up to teach future leaders how to conceptualize, launch, and manage their own nonprofits, social enterprises, or issue campaigns.
American Averagist Talks
The American Averagist Talk is a forum for new ideas where average Americans from across West Virginia can begin talking about the ideas that matter to them. Middle America is rising once again. These talks will help redefine the course of politics in West Virginia.
Annual Rally Point 5K
2018 will mark the return of our annual Rally Point 5K fundraiser where we raise money for different veterans issues. This year, the money we make from this event will be used to support the Gold Star Family Memorial project, and our free clinic at Run for the Wall.
Veterans DMV Donation
Working with the leaders of the West Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates, StandWatch is working to have a donation checkbox placed on the standard West Virginia driver’s license application. The State will use the money that’s raised through this program to renovate and improve veteran’s hospitals around the state.
Veteran Voter Boot Camp
Our new veteran voter boot camp is designed for elected officials and political candidates who want to form strong connections with the veteran community by sharing a common experience with them in the outdoors. Built around 36-hours endurance hikes, candidates for office will learn how to connect with veterans and gain their support. It’s the ultimate in candidate outreach to one of the most influential voting blocks in West Virginia.
Run For the Wall
We’ll be putting out additional information on each of these initiatives as we move forward. It’s going to be a great year.